Indian Institute of Architecture
Young Architects Festival 2014
The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) is organising their annual festival Young Architects Festival (YAF 14) in Kerala on 21st-22nd February. Hosted by the Cochin Centre of the Kerala Chapter of IIA, the theme of the festival is 'Be The Change'. IIA, the 97 year old national body of architects in India with a present count of 15000 members has relentlessly worked over these decades to not only promote the profession of architecture but has also become a uniting platform for architects through its national and international associations. The Young Architects Festival which is an annual festival of the body has found a place of prominence in the architectural events of the country in the last couple of years and has previously been held in Aurangabad, Indore, Jaipur, Surajkund, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Nashik and Chandigarh.

Set to be hosted at the beautiful Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort at Kochi, the festival is aiming to bring about an enhanced understanding of architecture and a renewed thought process to propel its participants to work towards a 'change' that the field today is in dire need of.

The organisers have brainstormed to initiate this change through a series of activities. With some interesting debates and discussions on the core professional practice of architecture and allied fields of architecture, and deliberations on changes in some of the important segments of the field, the presence of a number of eminent speakers is going to set an interesting and a vibrant stage for architecture to be deliberated upon. The list of speakers include Architect Ashok B Lall (key note speaker), Architect Adrian Welke, Troppo Architects (Perth, Australia), Architect John Lin (Hongkong), Architect Carin Smuts, CS Studio Architects, Cape Town (potential speaker) and a number of other distinguished Indian architects.

The speakers will be making a consistent effort through their presentations to initiate and revolutionise the thought process of each individual, the management of the profession, the 'process of design', the healthy acceptance and implementation of the global emerging trends of the profession, and the simplification of issues surrounding architecture.

Keeping in tandem with the spirit of the 'Young Architects Festival' that is known for its zest and enthusiasm, there will be a mix of technical and non-technical sessions as well as cultural programmes.

Photography and sculpture competitions/workshops for students have been organised. A design competition for architects and students from India is being conducted as a part of the festival for inviting concepts for an iconic structure that will adorn Kochi. The iconic structure will not only be emblematic of what Kochi represents today but also of what it aims to be symbolic of, in the future. The unveiling of the winning entry will be done at the festival.

An online survey is also being conducted as a part of this festival that will establish the top ten brands of India in 20 different segments of building products. The results will be finalised through an online opinion poll by member architects of IIA.

Kerala - fondly christened as 'God's own country' has been an epitome of 'inspiring architecture' for architects while Kochi (or Cochin), the financial capital of the state is widely acclaimed as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' and ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourist arrivals in Kerala with its many museums and galleries, eco tourist villages, beaches and places of worship.

It's time to converse, debate and interact over architecture in the beautiful and serene locales of Kerala!

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